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Customer Update - Winter 2023/2024 timetable release

Customer Update - Winter 2023/2024 timetable release  

Last updated: 13 October 2023

We are pleased to let our customers know that the winter timetables for the period 23 October 2023 - 28 March 2024 are now available to view here and book.

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The timetables are opening for bookings and advance purchase for our Turn Up and Go routes in a phased approach, this allow us to balance the work our team are doing in the background to prepare for reservations opening, with our wish to make these available to you as soon as possible.  

To help you plan your travel, we have outlined the dates we expect each route to be available below. These dates are subject to change - however, as always, we will keep you informed of any updates as we progress through this process.  

Before we move onto the detail of the timetable release dates, we would like to apologise that their publication date remains later than it was in previous years. Their publication has been affected by the knock-on effect of delays with preceding timetables and the confirmation of this year's overhaul plan, which has been impacted by the uncertainty surrounding *MV Hebridean Isles, meaning that plans needed to be revised.  *13 October 2023 - Read the latest update on MV Hebridean Isles here.

Phase one - Now available to book

  • Ardrossan-Brodick;  

  • Stornoway-Ullapool (We are pleased to let our customers know that the Ullapool-Stornoway winter timetable for the period 23 October - 1 November has been finalised and the timetable is now available to view here and bookings are now open.)  

  • Kennacraig-Islay;

  • Uig-Tarbert-Lochmaddy;  

  • Ullapool-Lochmaddy (30 October - 11 December 2023);

  • Oban-Colonsay-Port Askaig-Kennacraig;  

  • Tarbert/Claonaig-Lochranza. (Tarbert - Lochranza are request only sailings, please see timetable page for more detail)

Phase two - Now available to book

  • Mallaig-Armadale;  

  • Berneray-Leverburgh;  

  • Barra-Eriskay;  

  • Oban-Castlebay;  

  • Oban/Mallaig-Lochboisdale. 

Phase three - Now available to book 

  • Oban-Craignure;  

  • Oban-Coll/Tiree;  

  • Oban-Lismore;  

  • Mallaig-Small Isles;  

  • Lochaline-Fishnish;  

  • Fionnphort-Iona;  

  • Tobermory-Kilchoan; 

  • Wemyss Bay-Rothesay;  

  • Largs-Cumbrae;  

  • Gourock-Dunoon;  

  • Colintraive-Rhubodach;  

  • Sconser-Raasay;  

  • Tarbert-Portavadie;  

  • Tayinloan-Gigha;  

  • Gourock-Kilcreggan;  

  • Kerrera-Gallanach. 

Alongside the information on timetable release dates above, we will soon publish details on the overhaul plan on our website detailing what customers can expect for each route during this period. Again, this is always subject to change, however, we will always keep you updated on any changes and developments as they occur.  

This is one of the most complex timetables Caledonian MacBrayne has ever had to produce, because of the extended absence of MV Hebridean Isles, coupled with an extended dry dock period. Thank you for your patience - we know the delay is difficult for the island communities and businesses we serve, and we apologise for the inconvenience caused.  

We will keep you updated on our progress towards the phased release dates above - here in our customer updates and our @CalMac_Updates Twitter page.  

View our winter timetables


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